two books in the Old Testament bear the name of a woman: Ruth and Esther.
Ruth’s story occurs at the time when judges ruled over Israel. God’s people
were characterized by rebellion and immorality. At a time when the Israelites
desperately needed a king to lead them back to God, Ruth’s story of
faithfulness points us to Jesus Christ, a coming Redeemer who will make all
wrong things right again.
was the daughter-in-law of Naomi, a woman from Bethlehem who settled in Moab
with her husband and two sons to escape a famine. Naomi’s husband died, and her
two sons married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. They lived in Moab for 10
years; then Naomi’s sons died.
heard that the Lord had provided food for His people during the famine, so she
decided to go back to Judah. Naomi encouraged Orpah and Ruth to return to their
families. Orpah returned home, but Ruth clung to Naomi. Ruth said, “Wherever
you go, I will go … your people will be my people, and your God will be my God”
(Ruth 1:16). So Naomi and Ruth traveled back to Bethlehem together.
permitted Ruth to gather fallen grain in a field. The owner of the field was
Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s late husband and a family redeemer. A family
redeemer was someone who would help his close relatives if they were in
trouble. Boaz noticed Ruth and told her she could safely gather grain in his
field. At Naomi’s urging, Ruth sought to be redeemed by Boaz. Boaz bought back
the land Naomi and Ruth had lost when their husbands died, and he married Ruth.
They had a son named Obed, whose grandson would be King David.
Boaz was a family redeemer.
He helped his close relatives who were in trouble. Boaz cared for Ruth and
Naomi because their husbands had died. In a similar way, Jesus is our Redeemer.
We need help because we sin. Jesus bought our salvation for us by taking our
punishment when He died on the cross. God gave Ruth—a
foreigner—a special place in the lineage of Jesus Christ. As you talk about
this story with your kids, introduce them to Jesus, our Redeemer. He bought for
us salvation, paying the price with His very own blood.
- Babies and Toddlers
- God helps us obey Him.
- God used Boaz to take care of Ruth and Naomi.
- God sent Jesus to earth through Ruth’s family.
- Jesus died on the cross and came back to life to redeem us.
- What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.
- God provided for Ruth and Naomi.
- What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to
- God provided a redeemer for Ruth and Naomi.
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